Tuesday, March 16, 2010

NCAA Tournament: South Regional Preview

Scottie Reynolds is back for more after sending Villanova to the Final Four with a last-second shot a year ago. Wildcats are seeded second in the South Regional. (Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated)

The last of our NCAA Tournament previews takes us to the South, where Duke is the top seed in the most wide-open of the four regionals in this year's tournament.

Teams & Seeds: (1) Duke, (2) Villanova, (3) Baylor, (4) Purdue, (5) Texas A&M, (6) Notre Dame, (7) Richmond, (8) California, (9) Louisville, (10) St. Mary's, (11) Old Dominion, (12) Utah State, (13) Siena, (14) Sam Houston State, (15) Robert Morris, (16) Play-in game winner (Arkansas-Pine Bluff or Winthrop)

Players to Watch: Jon Scheyer, (Duke) Kyle Singler, (Duke) Scottie Reynolds, (Villanova) Corey Fisher, (Villanova) LaceDarius Dunn, (Baylor) E'Twaun Moore, (Purdue) Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)

Highlight Matchup: Villanova vs. Baylor if both teams make the Sweet 16, as Baylor is the sleeper of many experts in this year's tournament.

Upset Special: Siena over Purdue. The Boilermakers are not the same team without Robbie Hummel, and the Saints, led by seniors Ronald Moore and Alex Franklin, have made the second round in each of the last two years.

Marquee Coaches: Mike Krzyzewski, (Duke) Jay Wright, (Villanova) Rick Pitino (Louisville)

Winner: Villanova. Despite Duke's easy road and the Baylor hype, Jay's kids go back to the Final Four against all odds.

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